Police State 2012: No Need to Wait, It’s Already Here
by James Corbett
January 6th, 2012
A TV station in Boston airs a story about a library that sent a police sergeant to collect overdue library books from a 5-year-old girl.
The Associated Press reports on a 70 year old woman in Utah who was wrestled to the ground and arrested for failing to maintain her lawn in accordance with city standards.
The Auto-Tech blog of MSNBC runs a public interest story about the latest must-have gadget for local police stations around the country: 10-person, 16,000 pound armor plated tanks that are paid for by the federal government.
One of the greatest problems in talking about the police state is that all such discussion of the subject is hampered by the lack of a clear-cut definition.
Given the public’s own ignorance of the true nature and function of a police state, story after story after story of intolerable levels of official oppression, secret illegal surveillance, and increasingly sophisticated technology for tracking, apprehending, incapacitating and even killing dissenters can be dismissed because these stories are reported one at a time, in a contextless and therefore meaningless way that invites the interpretation that these stories are only warnings of what is to come instead of sign posts of a reality that is already here.